It’s just gone 6pm in Belfast on Thursday the 7th June, and in Victoria Square there’s a different kind of rush hour going on. For the second year in a row, and as part of Bus + Train Week, students from Ulster University are showcasing their photography work in collaboration with Translink, surrounded by their models, friends and family and the ever curious public.
With roadworks all over Belfast and seemingly less places to park, public transport as provided by Translink should give us all a little bit of respite from road rage this summer. The task for these students was to showcase the diversity of passengers that use Translink bus and train transport daily, with inspiration from Humans of New York. Young or retired, couple or individual, we met a maze of N.I Translink customers proud to Get On Board.
Benjamin Malcolmson, who models in the portraits and has his work displayed, is also a fan of Translink – he regularly travels to see his UU friends at the Coleraine campus. ‘I think that Translink having their exhibition in Victoria Square is a real opportunity for me to showcase my work to a wider audience, that will hopefully help get me noticed. I think it’s great that Translink are involved, it’s their second year in a row of doing it which is good for us students!’
Janine McCrudden, part of the Translink marketing team was delighted to showcase the students work ‘This is part of a range of activities we have going on for Bus + Train week. Following on from our ‘Waste of Space #RoadShareNI’ demonstration, we’re proud to present Translink as not only a safe transport option but one that many people in Northern Ireland use for both the professional and leisure aspects of their life’.
On show until the June 14th, the Connections exhibition might make you pause and think twice about taking the car in – or you might just recognise someone you know in these candid canvases.
To keep up with all that’s happening during Bus + Train Week, follow the #GetOnBoardNI hashtag for more.
Author: Anna Louise Crockard